Blue Hill — Dorothy Holley Campbell of Blue Hill, Maine, passed away on January 18, 2018. She was born on April 1, 1929, in Easley, South Carolina, the daughter of Bert and Dessie Holley.
Dorothy, along with her sisters Evelyn and Angie, grew up a farm girl in Easley during the hard years of the Depression. It was during this time that she learned the meaning of hard work and the value of a dollar. Hoeing long rows of corn and tending to the livestock did not mean she didn’t find time for fun. She loved “picnicking”, family gatherings, hiking and camping. Being a lifelong tomboy, she could sit for hours with a fishing rod!
She was a true Southern cook, learning at the aprons of many aunts and family members. Nothing went to waste in those hard times and she learned to make do with whatever was handy. Certainly her fried chicken and creamed corn with a tall glass of sweet tea has had Saint Peter eagerly awaiting her arrival at those pearly gates.
After high school, she studied nursing in Greenville, SC., eventually becoming head nurse of Labor and Delivery at the local hospital. It was here that she met her future husband, Dr. John G. Murray Jr. of Greenville, SC with whom she raised four sons.
In 1967, she moved with her family to Blue Hill, Maine and more adventures. Undaunted by the four foot snows, frozen pipes, or even black flies, Dorothy tackled situations never seen in her native South Carolina and thrived. In Blue Hill she met many new friends and was very active in the Saint Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church.
She was always outgoing and social. Her “hobbies” were her friends and family. She hosted many dinners and parties throughout the years, some of which were epic and will be long remembered.
Dorothy was predeceased by her parents and her sister, Evelyn Skriba.
She is survived by her four sons Gerry, Jim and his wife Kathie, Edmund, Thomas and his wife Lucy, her “Grandbabies” Brendan, Sean, Will and Holley, and her sister Mary Angie Baker, all of whom she adored.
Dorothy’s family and network of friends was large and spread throughout the North and South. You are all in our hearts and we thank you for your support, keeping in touch with her, and reminding her of the good ol’ days.
In accordance with Dorothy’s wishes there will be no funeral. A celebration of her life will be held this summer.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Dorothy’s memory to St. Francis By The Sea Episcopal Church, 330 Hinckley Ridge Road, Blue Hill, ME 04614.
Arrangements by Acadia Burial & Cremation Direct, 248 State St. Ellsworth
Condolences may be expressed at www.acadiacremation.com
Dot ~ I can still hear your infectious laugh, now drifting through the ether on your way to heaven. My children’s life, and my life, have forever been touched by your caring heart. Your love remains. You will be remembered fondly. With love ~
Thank you for encouraging me to ride a bike again, showing me where the best lobster shack is and making me trespass for those blueberries. Ginger in SC